That depends on what your priorities are. Affordability, small town atmosphere, recreational opportunities, schools... Gas cost will not kill you 'cause you are likely to have >10 jobs in your career. Mortgage for 30 years will. Many employers allow their employees to work out of their house. There is such thing as VTA bus 68, Cal Train, and commuter lanes. Until you add up your scores for all home candidates, the total score speak for themselves. You will stay at your home longer than you do at work so you need to find a home you like and able to afford. When you evaluate all the parameters you will get the optimum answer.
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